Quilt as Desired, Round 2

teri • September 30, 2014 • 4 Comments

Identical blocks + different quilters = stitchy madness!

Riddle us this, Q-bies:  What three little words will make quilters stop in their tracks with eyes twitching and teeth gnashing?

Answer: “Quilt as desired.”

To have some fun with this law of the q-niverse, we gave identical blocks to a group of quilters, and in our September-October 2014 issue, we share some of the results. In a recent blog post, we shared some more. ( Go here to see the Original Post.) And now, we’re revealing even more!

We continue this stitchy madness with a couple of really fab quilters, Lisa Calle and Deborah Poole. You might note that Lisa’s quilt appeared in our September-October issue and you would be absolutely correct. Why are we featuring her here? Lisa shot video of her quilting process, giving a whole new learning dimension to her finished work! How cool is this? Pretty darn cool, I’d say. Check it out at the link below.

GenQ’s Quilt as Desired — Video by Lisa Calle


Next up is Deborah Poole. You can visit her on Pinterest and check out her book, You Can Quilt It, available through Martingale. She had a few things to say about our QAD project:

“First let me say, I was honored to be asked to be a part of this challenge. This was a great project for me because I purchased a new machine at Quilt Market last fall, and due to health issues, I haven’t been able to really get acquainted with it. I’ve only quilted two quilts so far on it. My old machine wouldn’t run fancy threads so this was a great opportunity to use one.
“Unless it’s a show quilt, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda girl, and don’t usually decide how I’m going to quilt something until it’s staring me in the face on the frame. That’s what I did with this block. I put it on and then we stared at each other for a while. I knew right away how I would quilt the star, but the off-set open spaces were a challenge. So I went ahead and quilted the star and let the open space percolate. Once I got the star done, I just knew I wanted to “ghost” it in that large area. If this were a quilt top that had many repeated blocks I think the ghosting would create a great secondary pattern design.

Deborah’s tools:

batting: Quilters Dream blend

thread: Glittery by Superior Thread

machine: long arm

But wait, there’s more! Well, in a few days. Keep watching this space for more QAD, including some video and some hand-quilting examples, too!

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.





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  • Susan the farm quilter • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #1

    I love “QAD”!! So very much fun!! I love how everyone interprets it differently!! Awesome!

  • Lizzie • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #2

    Wow, really interesting! I have to go see the video now!

  • quiltzyx/sue • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #3

    Okay, my fingers were twitching a bit watching Lisa Calle quilting with HER finger so close to the needle! But wow! What results you’re getting with QAD!

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